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RC [#permalink] New post 31 May 2018, 22:02

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History textbooks in the United States are far too fact-based and even have the ability to make students feel as though all history is made up of “Quick-Facts” and diagrams, not dynamic events to be critically analyzed. Furthermore, it is often the case that textbooks are given undue authority in determining the curriculum; many teachers simply “teach the book.” 5 This is particularly disturbing when considering the fact that state committees for choosing textbooks often treat them, in the words of Sandra Wong, “more like encyclopedias of facts than as cultural products that convey values and perspectives” when deciding which ones to pick. In her article “Evaluating the Content of Textbooks: Public Interests and Professional Authority,” Wong discusses how textbook committees are rarely concerned with 10 the actual substance of the writing in the textbooks they evaluate, and are far more interested in things like “charts, illustrations, and introductory outlines.” What, then, would be a better tool to use in the high school classroom than textbooks or timelines for creating an effective learning environment that could reflect the dynamic nature of historical study? Out of all the various alternatives—going to plays, hearing speakers, 15 listening to music, using interactive online resources, elucidating connections to students’ personal lives by going to local history museums or having students write autobiographical
essays, etc.—the most promising is, by far, film. Movies are a magnificent way into history for even the most resistant naysayer of historical study. Film is a hugely popular medium with endless numbers of historically based works—everything from documentaries to dramas—that 20 not only present facts, but dramatize the human relations behind those facts. The main critique presented against the use of historical film in the classroom is, of course, the existence of rampant inaccuracies and biases laced throughout these films, not to mention the agendas of the filmmakers themselves. However, some historians believe that these seeming flaws are actually part of the reason why film is an ideal teaching tool—not only 25 does it allow students to see history come to life, and thus interact with it dynamically, as well as make history immediately accessible to a modern audience because of the techniques used in filmmaking, but it can also foster deep critical thinking skills if instructors lead dialogues after film viewings about the inaccuracies, the biases, and all of the things that make the film not just a record of a historical event, but also a reflection of the modern moment.
41. Which of the following is not cited by the passage as an alternative method for historical study? (A)Listening to music (B)Attending a lecture (C)Volunteering at an archeology dig
(D)Writing a personal statement
(E)Watching a film
42. The purpose of the passage is to (A)support the film industry (B)criticize government education policies (C)advocate a new process for textbook adoption (D)propose increased use of a particular didactic tool (E)denigrate an established philosophy
43. According to the passage, a problem with state committee textbook selection is (A)the lack of education of the committee members (B)misplaced priorities (C)the dominance of larger states (D)valuing perspectives instead of facts (E)personal prejudices
44. The purpose of the last paragraph is to
(A)acknowledge an insurmountable obstacle (B)raise and undermine an objection (C)reassert the need for alternative educational tools (D)admit a flaw in a preferred alternative (E)advocate more interactive instruction 45. The passage implies which of the following? (A)Students can benefit from exposure to inaccurate accounts of history. (B)Students today prefer music to film. (C)Students today are functional illiterates. (D)Students today prefer charts to opinions. (E)Students today should not be exposed to political agendas.

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